Aircraft Cabin Management

Boeing trials new cabin technologies

photo_camera The Boeing ecoDemonstrator will test 36 technologies in the third year of testing on a 777-200ER (Extended Range). (Boeing photo)

Boeing 639is testing three dozen technologies on its ecoDemonstrator program focused on strengthening operational efficiency and sustainability in cabin interiors, one of the most challenging parts of recycling an airplane. The company will begin testing this month using a 777-200ER (Extended Range).

The Boeing ecoDemonstrator projects include trialling lighter, recyclable and more durable floor coverings and recycled carbon fibre ceiling panels – both made with 25% bio-based resin as well as noise and weight reduction: Cabin insulation to better reduce noise and regulate humidity and temperature, and fabric-covered acoustic panels for the bulkhead and galley.

Also, economy and business class seats are fitted with sensors that detect if someone is seated during taxi, takeoff and landing which can improve safety, and reduce crew workload and downtime for maintenance; as well as a touchless water conservation lavatory; and galley technologies to make cabin service more efficient and reduce food waste.

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“The Boeing ecoDemonstrator program helps us make tangible improvements to our products – allowing us to reduce the environmental impacts of flying, improve the in-flight experience and strengthen the safety of our airplanes,” said Boeing CEO Stephanie Pope. “We’re grateful for the many partnerships within aviation and beyond who help us turn the seemingly impossible into reality.”

“The ecoDemonstrator program is among our most iconic flight demonstrators, having tested 250 technologies since it first took flight in 2012,” said Brian Moran, Boeing Chief Sustainability Officer. “This year’s testing of various cabin interiors aims to help solve for the portion of our airplanes that is not reusable or recyclable while also reducing fuel use and crew workload.”

Four of the cabin technologies will be featured at the 2024 Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany from May 22-24. Since its initial flights in 2012, almost every platform of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program has flown on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), and this year, the flagship airplane will fly on a 30/70 blend of SAF and conventional jet fuel.


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